It’s time for Harley Quinn to face the music and figure out how to get Captain Triumph back to the past. Though things start off a bit rocky, as Captain Triumph almost drops Harley from a skyscraper, the two work out their differences. As Harley waves goodbye to Captain Triumph, she also closes the door on her less than wholesome past for good.
Title: Harley Quinn (2016-) #52 | Publisher: DC
Writer: Sam Humphries | Pencils/Inks: Sami Basri
Publication Date: October 17, 2018
“Trapped in a future he doesn’t understand, Captain Triumph can’t battle his way out of our modern world, as all his efforts lead to disaster. That causes him to butt heads and trade punches with his would-be protector, Harley Quinn. Can Harley talk her way out of this clash? And more importantly, where’s she getting a time machine so she can send Captain Triumph home?”
Once again Sam Humphries gets readers right in the feels with Harley Quinn (2016-) #52. As Harley scrambles to get Captain Triumph back to his proper time and place, she also gets an important life lesson from an unlikely teacher. Throughout the series Humphries has pushed Harley Quinn right out of her comfort zone, but he brings it all together this issue as Harley discovers she truly resides on the side of good. While I’ve enjoyed the back and forth with Harley, her flirtation with the other team, self-doubt, and occasional dabbling with her past, it was good to finally see Harley accept herself. Though we haven’t seen the end of Harley’s wild outfits, it was good to see her officially retire the old court jester costume, evolving beyond her roots and growing into a true hero.
Harley Quinn (2016-) #52 was a fun combination of DC past and present. Sami Basri and Alex Sinclair blend Harley Quinn with Captain Triumph’s styles. The pair also craft several characters from the DC’s golden age, adding a big dollop of vintage to the issue.
The Bottom Line:
Sam Humphries has brought Harley’s character full circle, as she officially retires her old costume and old ways with it. By far the best part of this week’s issue was the contrast between Harley’s vivid costume and Captain Triumph’s muted look crafted by Sami Basri and Alex Sinclair.